How to Qualify

Qualifying for the Championships differs based on the division in which you want to qualify. Entrants must pre-enter the competition with a nonrefundable $50 application fee by August 31, 2020.

Entries may be submitted electronically or by mail. If by mail, entries must be postmarked before midnight EST on the date shown above. Should an entry bear both a postage meter date and postmark by the Post Office Department, the Post Office date will be considered the effective date of mailing. Should an entry bear a postage meter date and no Post Office Department postmark, the metered date shall be valid only if received within seven days of the date shown. Entries sent via courier service must be entered into the courier’s system by the courier’s representative before midnight on the date shown above to be considered on time. A date and/or time entered on the waybill by the sender is not considered the official date/time of sending. Dropping the entries into a courier pickup box does not constitute “postmark” until entered into the courier’s system by their representative. Late entries (after closing date) will be accepted. However, all late entries will be placed to bottom of the wait list regardless of points, and will not be considered until all on time entries have been exhausted, regardless of zone.

Qualifying lists will be made available after entries close August 31. Note that qualifying lists are based on points earned from competitions with a start date from December 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020.

Because the USHJA uses USEF point totals for the qualifying period, we urge you to send your entries early. Please ensure that your points are correct with USEF. There is no need to send lists unless there is a pending discrepancy with USEF. All point discrepancies between your total and USEF total will be resolved through USEF before acceptances are issued. Do not send USEF printouts.

Qualifying for the USHJA National Hunter Championships

Twenty (20) horses will be accepted per section as follows:

  • Top two entered horses for each Zone from the Zone standings, based on points accumulated during the qualifying period from December 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020, will be accepted.
  • If either of the top two entered horses for a zone decline, entries will be accepted by working down the zone’s qualifying list. Ties will be broken by entry postmark date.
  • If there are not enough entries through the zone qualifying process, entered horses will be accepted by total highest national points accumulated during the qualifying period regardless of zone. If a section doesn’t have a national standings list, the zone points will be compiled into a nationally ranked list.
  • For Junior Hunter 3’6”(Small and Large), two horses will be accepted for each section from each Zone based on points accumulated during the qualifying period. The rest will be accepted by total highest national points accumulated during the qualifying period regardless of zone.
  • Maximum 2 horses per rider allowed per section.
  • Horses must have won a minimum of .5 Zone/National points during the qualifying period.

National Hunter Derby

  • Top five entered horses for the National Hunter Derby Program Standings list by Zone, based on standings accumulated during the qualifying period, will be accepted.
  • If any of the top five entered horses for a zone declines, entries will be accepted by working down the standings list. Ties will be broken by entry postmark date.
  • If there are not enough entries through the zone qualifying process, entered horses will be accepted by total highest national Program Standings money won accumulated during the qualifying period regardless of zone.
  • Two National Hunter Derby sections: one professional and one Junior/Amateur.
  • 50 horses total will be accepted for each section.
  • Maximum 3 horses per rider allowed.

USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Stake 3’/3’3” & 3’6”/3’9”

  • Top two entered horses for each Zone standings, based on points accumulated during the qualifying period, will be accepted. Horses must be on the accepted list for the underlying green section.
  • If either of the top two entered horses for a zone decline, entries will be accepted by working down the zone’s qualifying list. Ties will be broken by entry postmark date.
  • If there are not enough entries through the zone qualifying process, entered horses will be accepted by total highest national points accumulated during the qualifying period regardless of zone.
  • Maximum of 40 enrolled horses per section will be accepted of qualified horses entered in the green divisions.
  • Maximum 2 horses per rider allowed.

Qualifying for the USEF/USHJA National Jumper Championships

Please note that qualifying for the 2020 USEF/USHJA National Jumper Championships has been adjusted due to the cancellation of the 2020 USHJA Zone Jumper Team and Platinum Jumper Championships.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. 1. A horse/rider combination is eligible to compete in only one jumper height section at the USHJA National Championship.
  2. 2. Athletes may compete in multiple height sections for which they are eligible.
  3. 3. Foreign athletes may compete in the USEF/USHJA National Jumper Championships provided they are domiciled in the United States.
  4. 4. Horse/rider combinations competing in the 1.00m section may not have competed in a class with fence heights over 1.15m within the current qualifying period through the conclusion of the USHJA National Championships.
  5. 5. Horse/rider combinations competing in the 1.10/1.15m section may not have competed in a class with fence heights over 1.25m within the current qualifying period through the conclusion of the USHJA National Championships.
  6. 6. Maximum 2 horses per rider per section allowed.

1.10m/1.15m Children’s and Adult, 1.20m/1.25m Junior/Amateur, 1.30/1.35m Junior/Amateur Jumper Sections

  1. 1. An athlete may only compete on one horse per height section.
  2. 2. Horses being considered for qualification to the USEF/USHJA National Jumper Championships must pre-enter with a $50 application fee to declare their intent to compete by August 31, 2020 regardless of their qualification status.
  3. 3. Thirty (30) horses will be accepted per section, using the qualification methods outlined below:
    1. a. Three horses from each zone will be accepted from the USHJA Zone (HOTY) Standings List.
    2. b. Remaining horses will be accepted by total highest national points. Qualifying lists are based on points/money won from December 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020.

Open 1.20m, 1.30m, 1.40m Jumper Sections

  1. 1. Thirty (30) horses will be accepted per section.
  2. 2. Horses being considered for qualification to the USHJA National Championships must pre-enter with a $50 application fee to declare their intent to compete by August 31, 2020 regardless of their qualification status.
  3. 3. Qualification for 1.20m and 1.30 Open Jumper Sections:
    1. a. The top three horses from the 1.20m and 1.30m Zone (HOTY) Standings Lists will be accepted.
    2. b. If there are fewer than three entries from the Zone (HOTY) Standings List, horses will be accepted by the total money won accrued during the qualifying period from the National List regardless of Zone.
  4. 4. The qualifying period for the Zone (HOTY) Standings List and National List is December 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020.
  5. 5. Money won by a horse in Five-Year-Old jumper classes held with fence heights at 1.20m will count toward the 1.20m Open Jumper Standings Lists. Money won by a horse in Six-Year-Old jumper classes held with fence heights at 1.30m will count toward the 1.30m Open Jumper Standings Lists. Money won by a horse in Seven-Year-Old jumper classes with fence heights held at 1.30m or 1.35m will count toward the 1.30m Open Jumper Standings Lists.
  6. 6. Qualification for the 1.40m Open Jumper Section:
    1. a. Riders will be accepted from the USHJA Level 2 Show Jumping Rider Ranking List. Accepted riders may compete on any horse they wish provided the horse has competed in at least one 1.40m class during the qualifying period. Maximum of two horses per rider.
    2. b. Qualifying lists are based on money won/points from December 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020.

    1.00m (Low Children’s and Low Adults) Jumper Sections

    1. 1. Thirty (30) horses will be accepted per section.
    2. 2. Horses being considered for qualification to the USHJA National Championships must pre-enter with a $50 application fee to declare their intent to compete by August 31, 2020 regardless of their qualification status.
    3. 3. Qualification for 1.00m (Low Children’s and Low Adults):
      1. a. The top three horses from the Low Children’s and Low Adults Zone (HOTY) Standings Lists will be accepted.
      2. b. If there are fewer than three entries from the Zone (HOTY) Standings List, horses will be accepted by points accrued during the qualifying period from the National List regardless of Zone.
    4. 4. The qualifying period for the Zone (HOTY) Standings List and National List is December 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020.

    Qualifing for the USHJA National Equitation Championships

    • Two entered riders by Zone, based on standings accumulated during the qualifying period from December 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019 will be accepted. Ties will be broken by entry postmark date.
    • If there are not enough entries through the zone qualifying process, entered riders will be accepted by total highest standings from other Zones based on entry postmark date.
    • All National Equitation Championships classes: up to 25 riders will be accepted per section.

    EMO Insurance/USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Class

    • Up to 50 riders will be accepted.
    • Riders must have qualified and entered in one of the age group equitation division at the championships to be eligible for the medals.

    USHJA 3’3” Hunter Seat Medal Class

    • Up to 50 riders will be accepted.
    • Riders must have qualified and entered in one of the age group equitation division at the championships to be eligible for the medals.

    Qualifying for the USHJA Affiliate Championships

    • Each USHJA Affiliate Member Organization may recommend three horse and rider combinations per section in order of preference with one horse and rider combination per affiliate per section guaranteed acceptance. A second or third horse will be accepted from each affiliate per section as space allows. Each Affiliate will choose their own procedures to qualify the entrants they deem are most qualified to compete and represent their affiliate at the National Championships. Click here to view current USHJA Affiliate Member Organizations.
    • Horses do not have to be registered with USHJA.
    • Riders do not have to be members of USHJA to participate in these sections.
    • Nonmember exhibitors in these sections will not be required to pay a separate show pass fee.
    • Riders may only be Juniors or Amateurs as defined under USEF rules.
    • Horse and rider combinations may not compete in both the 2’ and 2’6” sections.
    • Horse and rider combinations may not cross enter into “Rated” sections at the Championships.
    • An entered horse may compete in a different USHJA Affiliate Championship height sections with a different rider.
    • An entered horse may compete in a “Rated” section of comparable heights with a rider not competing in the USHJA Affiliate Championships.
    • The deadline for affiliate organization entries is September 30, 2020.
    • Horse and rider combinations selected by an association will need to submit an entry, and submit a letter from their association which names the horse and rider combination, the section (2' and 2'6" Hunter Sections) in which they have been recommended to compete, and the order of preference (1st, 2nd or 3rd) in which the association has selected them.
    • To be judged on performance, soundness and way of going.
    • The USHJA Affiliate 2’ and 2’6” hunter sections will take the top 30 affiliate recommended horse and rider combinations.

    View the full specifications for the USHJA National Championships